Be Inspired to Keep Fit at Any Age
With people living longer than ever nowadays, it is important to make sure those extra years are full of life. To do that, it’s highly recommended by health professionals that you keep active and fit. This doesn’t have to mean running a marathon every week, or breaking weight-lifting records, but it does mean choosing an exercise routine that’s right for you.
Yoga is a perfect activity for those who want to keep their body supple and flexible. This is why it is so popular with older celebrities who want to keep in shape. It’s one of the most accessible methods of exercise which requires very little in the way of equipment, except for a mat. Yoga will keep your body toned, and increase your flexibility in ways you didn’t know you were capable of.
I wrote Chair Yoga: Sit, Stretch and Strengthen Your Way to a Happier, Healthier You, to allow people of all ages and fitness levels, to take advantage of yoga’s benefits anytime, anywhere and in a chair. Let’s face it, a majority of people are stuck in their seat way more often than need be. Yoga is the perfect antidote to sitting, slouching, stagnant breath and low energy.
In addition to adding movement in to your daily life and practicing yoga moves at your desk, or in your seat; it’s also important to walk as often as you can, take the stairs when possible, stand up every so often, and eat the right foods. If you think you can’t get fit at any age, take a look at this inspiring story of a 78 year old weight lifting grandma!
You can start now with the simplest of moves. Sit tall at the edge of your seat, slide forward until you can place your hands on the chair shoulder width apart with your arms straight. Let your hips come in front of the seat and keep them close to the chair. Walk your feet forward and hip width apart bending at the knees. Make sure your feet are planted firmly in to the floor. Lower your torso down bending at the elbows, then press back up to starting position. Inhale as you lower and exhale as you press back up. Repeat 10-15 times and feel free to do as many sets as you can throughout the day.
Chair triceps dips are just one pose from my book that you can start to incorporate in to your daily seated life. This move tones the back of your arms, your abs, your chest and back. You will immediately get a boost of energy and raise your heart rate. Start slowly using your own body weight and who knows, maybe you too can deadlift a 225-pound barbell with ease at any age. I hope to be going as strong as Shirley Webb way in to my older years.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is currently teaching yoga with Peloton. She is the star of over 100 videos, seen in several magazines and tv shows and is a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!